The bid was to enhance sports development in the zone

The South-East Zone will lobby the Nigeria Football Association to host the zonal U-13 and Rasheed Yekini U-15 male football tournaments at  Neros Stadium, Nanka in Anambra, an official said.

Chidi Offor-Okenwa, the South-East Zonal Coordinator of the Nigeria Football Association, said on Monday that the bid was to enhance sports development in the zone.   

The coordinator said that if the right to host the competitions at the stadium was given, it would further boost its speedy completion and encourage other philanthropists in the region to do likewise.

“It is all about having the spirit to do certain things, there are a lot of people who are rich in the South-East but they hardly plough back these resources for the betterment of the society,” he said. “This is the most modern privately owned sporting facility built by a single individual and I must commend Chief Poly Emenike, the CEO of Neros Pharmaceuticals, Ltd for this feat.  This is a great testimony to what an individual can do to up-lift sports; today about 5,000 people are celebrating and giving testimony over this great development.”

The coordinator, who is also the Enugu Football Association chairman, said the stadium with 10,000 sitting capacity, when completed, would have a good grass pitch and sizable parking lots.

He said that adequate security would also be provided at the stadium which would be well lit with a tarred road leading to it from Ekwulobia-Awka Road.

In his reaction, Emmanuel Amuneke, the Assistant Coach of the Golden Eaglets, said that he was moved by the commitment of the chairman of Neros to sports and football development, especially at the grassroots.

‘This is the type of spirit that could grow our sports to meet other leading sporting nations of the world,” he said. ‘I am impressed at what I see here today,” Amuneke, a former African Footballer of Year, said.

Poly Emenike, CEO of Neros Pharmaceuticals Ltd, said that he was passionate to see youths take advantage of the opportunities in sports.

“Most athletes, who had passed through some sports I have sponsored, have found their way to national and international sports teams,’’ Emenike, who is popularly called the Pillar of Football in Anambra, said.

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